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Images Of The Week: 06.08.14

Images Of The Week: 06.08.14



Dude and Dudette it’s not even officially summer (June 21) but New York streets are off in the deep end of the public pool with all these new backflips and cannonballs and arched dive art in the streets. Can someone please say UNPRECEDENTED? Everybody jump in!

Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bifido, Case Ma’Claim, City Kitty, Crummy Gummy, Dain, Damien Mitchell, Dee Dee, EC13, FKDL, JAZ, Jerk Face, Lambros, Mark Samsonovich, Pixel Pancho, Pyramid Oracle, Rubin, SheWolf, Skount, Solus, UAI, and Zio Siegler.

Top Image >> Case Ma’Claim and Pixel Pancho collaboration for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


A sonic POP reverberated through the streets this week when this duet happened between Case Ma’Claim and Pixel Pancho at The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Lambros combined nightmares into this one hideous hybrid. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dain is dressed for success. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Damien Mitchell pays tribute to the divine Nina Simone at The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pyramid Oracle levitates sagely. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dee Dee (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mark Samsonovich. This happened to me one time when I ate an entire bag of jelly beans and then washed them down with orange soda. Same thing. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mark Samsonovich. We come in peace. Would you like a banana? (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bifido. New conceptual piece form his series “Don’t Forget To Play” in what appears to be an abandoned and derelict public park in Naples, Italy. (photo © Bifido)


SheWolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Looks like FKDL was in town this week with his mix of 1950s nostalgia and idealized female collages. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Detail of FKDL wall for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Crummy Gummy features out of work actor ET looking for options on the streets of Los Angeles. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Irish Solus left a love letter to BK and The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skount new street work in Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jerk Face and the Cookie Monster for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


EC13 new piece in Huetor Vega, Spain. The artist continues to explore his non-figurative expressions with new mediums and surfaces. This placement is immaculate. (photo © Patricia Fernandez)


Zio Siegler (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JAZ is seen here at work in Berlin on his new mural in conjunction with his solo show currently on view at the BC Gallery.  (photo © Phillipp Barth)


Jaz. The completed mural in Berlin.  (photo © Phillipp Barth)


Untitled. The Empire State Building photographed from Brooklyn, NY. June 2014. Via Instagram and iPhone. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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Joereal Takes Painting to the Roof top and Beyond (Video)

Joereal Takes Painting to the Roof top and Beyond (Video)

Joereal in Los Angeles likes to paint up on his roof and think about yoga and the spiritual life. He sends this brief video for you to contemplate many such things as you travel through this Saturday.


Joerael. Rooftop piece in Los Angeles, CA. February 2014. (photo © Joerael)


“This ia a southwest inspired Earth spirit,” he tells us. ” The spirit is holding a burning sage , and in the place of smoke a rainbow is emerging. It is said when we burn sage, cedar, sweetgrass etcetra, it gives shape and color to our prayers and intentions. This is an Earth prayer made with vapors and raw energy under an intriguing Los Angeles sky.”

We’ve got the bundle of sagebrush smoking already and it is turning the whole building into once clerestory of peace.  Happy Saturday everybody.



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The Power of Color via Street Art, Graffiti, and Murals

The Power of Color via Street Art, Graffiti, and Murals

No doubt it is the grey days of late winter that is making us think about this as we brace for the next snowstorm, but today we’re considering the impact that Street Art color has on architecture that never asked for it.

We’re not the first to think of hues, shades, tones, and palettes when it comes to the man made environment of course, but it does strike us that most of the buildings that are hit up by street art and murals today were designed by architects who never imagined art on their facade.


Os Gemeos in Boston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Modern architecture for some reason is still primarily grey, washed out greens, beige, eggshell, snore.

“Color is something that architects are usually afraid of,” said internationally known and awarded architect Benedetta Tagliabue in an interview last May about the topic of color.  A generalization probably, and you can always find exceptions of colorfully painted neighborhoods globally like the Haight in San Francisco, La Boca in Buenos Aires, Portafino in Italy, Guanajuato in Mexico, Bo-Kaap in Capetown, the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the Blue City of India, but many of those examples speak to color blocking and pattern.


Interesni Kazki in Baltimore. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ve been looking at the power of Street Art to reface, re-contextualize, re-energize, and re-imagine a building and its place in the neighborhood. Some times it is successful, other times it may produce a light vertigo. The impact of work on buildings by today’s Street Artists and muralists depends not only on content and composition but largely on the palette they have chosen. It sounds trite, and self-evident perhaps, but much of Street Art is about color, and primarily on the warm scale first described by Faber Birren with his OSHA colors and color circle in the 1930s .


Faile in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Birren developed his color system with the observation that artists favor the warm colors more than the cold, from the violet side of red and extending beyond yellow because “, their effect is more dynamic and intense and because the eye can, in fact, distinguish more warm colors than cold.

It’s common now to think of 21st century Street Art as the graffiti-influenced practice that primarily activates the detritus of the abandoned industrial sector blighting western cities in the wake of trade agreements that sent all the jobs to lands without protections and regulations. While that is definitely the sort of neglected factory architecture preferred for “activation” by many graffiti artists and Street Artists alike, we also see more curious couplings of color with the delicately ornate, the regal, or even modernist structures today thanks to artists being invited, rather than chased.


Shepard Fairey in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The results? Abstractionist, cubist, geometric, letter-based, illustrative, figurative, text-based, outsider, folk, dadaist, pop.  One common denominator: color.

“The environment and its colors are perceived, and the brain processes and judges what it perceives on an objective and subjective basis. Psychological influence, communication, information, and effects on the psyche are aspects of our perceptual judgment processes,” writes Frank H. Mahnke in his recent piece for Archinect. The author of Color, Environment, & Human Response has made it his mission to explore psychological, biological effects of color and light and to help creators of the man-made environment make good choices.

Whether all of these choices are good, we leave up to you. But it is worth considering that Street Artists have been part of the conversation on the street for decades now, making powerful suggestions to architects and city planners , so maybe it’s worth taking another look at what they’ve been up to lately.


Ever in Baltimore. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Escif in Atlanta. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kenton Parker and Roa in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LUDO in Chicago. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Anthony Lister in Los Angeles. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kobra in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smells, Cash4 and Spiro in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Don Rimx in El Barrio. Harlem, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Agostino Iacurci in Atlanta. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Barry McGee in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jaz and Cern in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pose and Revok in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rime, Dceve and Toper in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pixel Pancho in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Deeker and David Pappaceno in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Reka in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


RRobots in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


MOMO in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville in Brooklyn, NYC with an old NEKST tag on top. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


3ttman and Elias in Atlanta. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris Stain and Billy Mode tribute to Martha Cooper in Brooklyn with ROA on the water tank. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Os Gemeos in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JMR in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Greg LaMarche in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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This article was also published on The Huffington Post




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Instantaneous Memorials on Street to “Army of One”

Instantaneous Memorials on Street to “Army of One”

As a followup to yesterday’s posting regarding the passing of Jef Campion, known as the street artist Army of One/ JC2, it is perhaps no surprise that nearly immediately there are a couple of tributes to him on the street – at least in LA.

Street Artist Free Humanity sent us these new photos of a new stencil piece by Teach_Art_One featuring Jef looking over his shoulder at you and placing his name on the wall.  According to Free Humanity these new works are on the spots that Jef had hit when visiting Melrose and Fairfax in Los Angeles.


A brand new memorial tribute to Army of One in Los Angeles. Teach_Art_One (photo © Thrashbird)

“I was blessed to call him a brother,” says Free Humanity of Army of One. FH feels that the new stencils appeared as a way to keep him on the streets. Awash in the grief of the moment FH wanted to say “the only way to have someone live forever is to never stop loving them.”

Apart from the high emotions of this time, we wanted to remark that this act of the tribute wall is analogous to the myriad walls that have been going up for decades in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York – usually in the community mural style – to mark the passing of someone. Sometimes it is a community leader not related to art but of great standing to the people who live in the locality. Other times a tribute will commemorate a person in the context of an historical event that they were pivotal to.


A brand new memorial tribute to Army of One in Los Angeles. Teach_Art_One (photo © Thrashbird)

Graffiti crews have been paying tributes to their fallen for many years on memorial walls. Over the last year for example we have covered a large number of walls made by the crew and friends of graffiti writer Nekst. Needless to say the act of crossing out, going over, or dissing works like those would be considered to be as close to sacrilege as the streets can imagine.

These new stencils honoring Army of One carry on this tradition and it is additionally visually remarkable because the newly sprayed stencil is a street art piece depicting a street artist who is putting up street art – It is akin to looking at a mirror’s reflection in a mirror.



Photographer Thrashbird’s Instagram is @thrashBird13


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French Artist COMBO Wants You To Smoke…POT

French Artist COMBO Wants You To Smoke…POT

French Street Artist and media-savvy prankster COMBO is back with a new street art and social media campaign to affect what he calls “a bourgeoise hypocrisy that reminds us of alcohol prohibition”.

Enter Kermit the Frog smoking a J.


Someone who looks an awful lot like Kermit the Frog is shown here promoting smoking. COMBO (photo © COMBO)

The new images on the street are meant to “support legislative change on medical marijuana” says the artist, and he invited a number of Street Artists to lend their skills to the project, which so far has focused primarily on Los Angeles but probably won’t stop there.

Here’s Robotbama by Finnish Street Artist Sampsa telling passersby that marijuana legalization could yield taxpayers $1.2 billion, there are the four previous US presidents touting pot use by Egyptian Street Artist Ganzeer, and you won’t miss the billboard of Jack Nicholson blowing an ‘O’ in a cloud of some serious smoke.

Pummeling that fine line between advertising and Street Art that has existed since troupes like the Billboard Liberation Front began taking over commercial space in the 70s and that artists like Ron English continued with his slick satire of major brands decades later, the new gen COMBO now marries it to the hashtag, D.I.Y., and the selfie. Like the JR campaign with a twist, you are encouraged to take a cellphone pic of yourself with a joint and send it to him he can wheat-paste it up on the street.

Given the current trend toward acceptance of weed that is happening legislatively and in popular culture, this campaign will most likely light up.


French Artist Le Valet. (photo © COMBO)



COMBO (photo © COMBO)


COMBO (photo © COMBO)


Finnish Artist Sampsa. Detail. (photo © COMBO)


COMBO (photo © COMBO)


COMBO (photo © COMBO)


Egyptian Artist Ganzeer. (photo © COMBO)



COMBO (photo © COMBO)



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Judith Supine Scratch and Win Tonight at “Thanks for Nothing”

Brooklyn Street Artist Judith Supine is opening “Thanks for Nothing” tonight at Known Gallery and while the gender/mind bender is fluffing up her petticoats (or being fluffed) for the doubtless throngs you may want to go just to get lucky.



In an unusual and ingenious promotional stroke, guests will have an opportunity to win one of the new collage pieces from Judith that comprise this new show if you have a winning lottery card. All this summer and for much of the spring the sanguine Supine has been painstakingly slicing and arranging magazines and art rags to turn out the cranium melting collages that distinguish his work on street walls and doorways, with the scale determined by the canvas of old lottery cards. So obsessed has he been with these little potential tickets to paradise that a special edition card will be given to guests this evening – and an additional 400 of them will be for sale.


The promotional piece for Judith Supine’s art lottery scratchers. One more way to try and get lucky at “Thanks for Nothing”.

“We made a lottery scratcher that can actually be scratched off and we are giving away five original collages to the winners,” says Naheed Simjee, the brains behind this beauty of an idea. “The winning tickets reveal ‘YOU LUCKY FUCK’ and the rest say ‘YOU LOSE’,” she explains of the functional art pieces. The remaining 400 art cards will be sold for ten bucks.

Seems like you will be lucky either way.

Here are some extreme closeups of the small pieces at “Thanks for Nothing” and see more along with a short interview on The Huffington Post here.


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All images © and courtesy of Judith Supine and Known Gallery.


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Sneak Peek at Hellbent “No Wave” at Cave


Hellbent is in LA to open his show at CAVE tonight, and he shares with you these exclusive shots of the next phase of his abstract patterned color bars for the gallery he calls Mix Tapes. New is the sophistication in dimension and shadow, and a lot more white space, with pieces broken apart and reassembled in a looser, less dense buildup – a continuation of the direction he began for the “Spectrum” group show he was in last month.


“My ‘No Wave’ paintings are a further exploration of abstraction that I have been working on for the last year and half and I feel that they are going to continue to evolve,” he says. “In the same way that Richard Dieberkorn’s Ocean Park series was a 7-year journey, I think the Mix Tape series is only in its infancy.”



“With these current paintings I have been exploring leaving parts of the canvas untouched and allowing the white of the gesso to become a part of the paintings. I think this lets the painting breath and provides a ground for the viewer.”


“I have also been adding shadow to some of the different ‘Shafts’ to enhance the dimensionality of these paintings.  While in the early phase of this work I think the color itself had achieved a 3D effect, if subtly, with the shadows it is instantly apparent. I was initially hesitant about the shadows but I have been having so much fun and since I had used them in murals in the past it was an easy transition. I am having a lot fun playing with these different layers and figuring out the different planes of the canvas as I construct them.”



All images courtesy and © of Hellbent and Cave Gallery

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Known Gallery Presents: “Mind in Transit” New Works by CEPT and THANK YOU X (Los Angeles, CA)

Known Gallery
Known Gallery is proud to present MIND IN TRANSIT, an exhibit of new solo work by London born graffiti artist/painter CEPT and Los Angeles native street artist/painter THANK YOU X. In the project room, world famous graffiti artist REMIO will exhibit a new series of canvas paintings.

This is first U.S. exhibit for British artist CEPT. A legend of the London graffiti scene since his youth, over the last 20 years CEPT has expanded to mural painting, collage artwork and incredible immersive large-scale multimedia installations. His artwork has exhibited all over the globe and this new series is the beginning of the next evolution in his gallery work, incorporating figurative elements and art history into abstract painting. Very inspired by the arrangement and collation of sampled music, CEPT paints the way he listens to music, allowing the variety and remixing of sounds to open him up to constructing something new. His paintings combine rich colors and romantic images of yesterday with slick pop iconography of today. Mixing the old and the new influences the visual worlds of his art, a future primitive.

THANK YOU X became well known on the streets of Los Angeles a few years ago, largely in part to his large Warhol wheat paste. Signing THANK YOU X underneath in a gesture of anonymous gratitude for Warhol’s aesthetic of rebellious integrity, the name accidentally became the artist’s identity. Still very inspired by the pop tropes and bright colors of that NYC art scene, THANK YOU X will show new large-scale paintings featuring the canon of iconic imagery he respects. A dark background with pastel and near-fluorescent color combination, topped with a thick resin surface creates the slick glossy pop paintings that THANK YOU X both enjoys himself and continues to involve in his personal visual narrative.

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Design Matters Presents: “Word Play” A Group Exhibition (Los Angeles, CA)

Word Play

Word Play
a group exhibit curated by Stephanie Chefas

Opens Saturday, June 29th 7-10pm
To request an online preview, please email
Design Matters is delighted to present Word Play, a conversational group exhibition featuring 7 conceptual artists handpicked by Contemporary Art Curator Stephanie Chefas. The exhibit showcases a collection of mixed media, acrylic, neon, and textile works by artists Ben Venom, Greg Lamarche, Gregory Siff, Meg Hitchcock, Meryl Pataky, Shawn Huckins (shown), and RERO.

Since the 1960s, language has been a fundamental tool for conceptual artists in emphasizing ideas over visual form to fuel creativity. Using words, phrases, and sentences to tackle topical issues of popular culture, significant artists of the late twentieth century such as Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and Glen Ligon, have consistently given text a prominent role in art.

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Greg Craola Simkins Video by Medvin Sobio “Stop Haunting Me”

Los Angeles based Street and Fine Artist Greg Craola Simkins is prepping for a solo show entitled “Stop Haunting Me”. He was “raised on cartoons, well written stories, animal planet, graffiti, tattoos and mind numbing trips to grandma’s house,” says he on his Facebook page, and you can verify his penchant for escapism in his astonishingly well-rendered work over the last decade.

To help get the word out his buddy Medvin Sobio has created an underwater slo-mo haunting promo. Truth is, the luscious and operatic mediation is so far from the field that it’s in the ocean. ” It’s not your typical “street art” video I know, but I always feel that change is good,” says Medvin. Here are some screenshot gems from the piece, followed by the video.

Greg Craola “Stop Haungting Me” (Still from the video © Medvin Sobio)

Greg Craola “Stop Haungting Me” (Still from the video © Medvin Sobio)

Greg Craola “Stop Haungting Me” (Still from the video © Medvin Sobio)

Greg Craola “Stop Haungting Me” (Still from the video © Medvin Sobio)

Film by Medvin Sobio

Click here for further information about “Stop Haunting Me”.  A solo exhibition by Greg Craola Simkins at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.

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Dan Witz Creates Disturbing Street Art to Fight Political Imprisonment

Street Art Campaign With Amnesty International

“In many countries people are imprisoned simply because of their political views,” begins the video just released by Dan Witz and Amnesty international.

Screenshot from “Wailing Walls”, a video about the Dan Witz “Prisoners” campaign that raises awareness and engages passersby to immediately take action for human rights. (screenshot from video © Spiffy Films and Dan Witz)

So dangerous are those views that their outspoken owners are persecuted and hidden from us in an attempt to silence the ideas and opinions that may threaten a prevailing status quo. With his “Prisoners” series of installations on the streets of London, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Los Angeles, Witz is bringing much needed attention to those who are hidden against their will just behind walls, doors, and windows.

Image from London campaign, “Eric” by Street Artist Dan Witz (photo © Dan Witz)

For Witz, using actual names and case histories brings the conceptual to painfully full light, and his well-known artistic command of light in these photo-realistic works gives these individuals an opportunity to step out from the shadows. In conjunction with an innovative street campaign entitled “Wailing Walls”, the street art pieces become interactive with QR codes and a phone app that allows passersby to learn instantly about the people depicted and to send their opinions to government officials while standing right there on the sidewalk with traffic driving past them.

Scanning the QR code (screenshot from video © Spiffy Films and Dan Witz)

Learning and immediately writing to the “Wailing Wall”. (screenshot from video © Spiffy Films and Dan Witz)

During his presentation this weekend at the Amnesty International conference in Washington DC, Witz detailed his Frankfurt project in front of an audience of hundreds, giving a riveting first person account of how art on the streets has the power to impact social and political change.

Along with the video explaining the street and digital campaign that he created in collaboration with the Leo Burnett Agency in Frankfurt, the Brooklyn-based fine artist and street artist shares here his personal slides of the project, which he showed at the conference.  Of special note is the soundtrack to the new slide show which is composed by Witz at the piano and recorded on his phone; a tonal reflective transmutation of the myriad emotions that the images evoke.

Premiere: Slideshow of Dan Witz’s “Prisoner” Series of Street Art Installations

Shown at Amnesty International’s Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC, March, 2013

Among the many ways to measure success as a Street Artist; “Wailing Wall” garnered great traditional, web, and social media attention for the campaign in Frankfurt, raising awareness and advocating action on the behalf of those imprisoned. (screenshot from video © Spiffy Films and Dan Witz)

Premiere : “Wailing Walls” campaign by Dan Witz for Amnesty International

Photos by Dan Witz and Hans-Juergen Kaemmerer

Our sincere thanks to Dan Witz for sharing his work and this very important project with BSA readers. A special BSA shout out to Christoph Wick, Tiffaney McCannon, Monika Wittkowsky, and Hans-Juergen Kaemmerer for their talents and tireless work on this project also.



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